Chelsea’s Champions League journey came to an end on Tuesday night in Madrid despite beating hosts Real Madrid 3-2.
Thomas Tuchel’s side trailed 3-1 from the first leg and needed to score three or more unanswered goals to qualify.
And for a moment, the Blues seemed to be on their way to the semi-finals after they led 3-0 with five minutes to go thanks to Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner’s goals.
It however changed as Rodrygo scored with five minutes to go, and Karim Benzema won it in extra time.
Speaking after the match, Rudiger pointed out the mistakes they committed that eventually cost them.
“The positive is we didn’t give up,” said the defender. “Not many teams can come here and dominate them as we did. But the big “but” is, over the two legs we made these types of mistakes. Against Real Madrid, you get punished.
“We were close. I think we dominated them and we outplayed them, we outran them, but at the end of the day it’s little details that we missed.
“We scored three goals, I think not many can come here and do that. For me we outplayed them, we outran them and we did a fantastic match, but if you look at both games we need to win these,”
The Blues gave Madrid problems from start to finish, with the German picking out who their best players were going forward.
“That was the game plan, to find our No10s Ruben and Mason, behind Casemiro always to find the space. Mason found it, he got the goal and we controlled it. We didn’t panic or anything like this, I think we did it quite well and in the second half we scored goals and did everything we could,”
Chelsea will now shift their focus to this weekend’s FA Cup clash against London side Crystal Palace.